The staff at Studio Fusion invites kids and adults of all skill levels to dance and get in shape in a sprawling 6,000-square-foot space with four studios, two of which have Marley sprung floors to soften dancers' landings. The team of dance instructors includes choreographers and backup dancers to the stars, as well as two former members of the Laker Girls.
The experienced crew helps pre-cheerleaders build strength and flexibility during tumbling classes, and teaches beginning and advanced ballet and hip-hop moves to kids and teens. The multidisciplinary fitness program offers just as much variety, including the ballet-based movements of Barre Fusion, Bikini Boot Camp toning sessions, and kickboxing- and tai-chi-based Turbo Kick classes.
The space has been designed with a cozy student lounge with WiFi and a gourmet coffee bar, allowing youngsters to work on homework or their investment portfolios and parents to chat. In addition to annual dance recitals, the studio hosts dance and musical-theater camps. The Broadway Kids program hones the skills children need to be a triple threat—dancing, singing, and juggling three smartphones at once.
Yoga Shakti Wellness Center's director, Diana Pipaloff, has unwavering confidence in her instructors' abilities. It's appropriate, because most of them learned their practice at the center. Their 500-hour training program, which includes post-graduate mentorships and internships, equips graduates with Yoga Alliance registration. Once trained, a select few of these yogis begin work at Yoga Shakti Wellness Center's locations in Irvine and Huntington Beach.
At each location, students stretch and breathe during more than 10 types of yoga classes. Shakti yoga, the center's flagship style, leads participants in combining sun salutations, poses, and energy work to move toward increasing their physical and spiritual strength. Other options from the more than 100 classes offered each week include prenatal yoga and gentle yoga, which elucidates yoga's foundational poses and philosophy.
However, the staff isn't super-glued to their yoga mats. They also teach ayurveda, a lifestyle that combines dietary changes with massage, meditation, and other purification therapies.
The instructors at Seventh Chakra Yoga view their teachings as a pressure valve through which students can release life's tensions. As artists, pastors, and community leaders, they have come from diverse backgrounds to imbue the studio with a uniform aura of positivity. The studio specializes in Kundalini yoga and meditation through breathing techniqes, sound and gong therapy and mantra healing. They don't acknowledge higher or lower levels of yoga experience in their pupils, preferring to focus on self-improvement over competition, and draw from several modalities to plan their classes. Their inviting approach helps guests to realize connections between mind and body, which can minimize stress and give the brain a break while the liver takes over for a while. The instructors also lead kids yoga, prenatal yoga, and chair yoga.
In addition to classes that encompass postures and meditation, the staff leads sessions for expectant mothers, children, and aspiring Kundalini teachers. They can also transport their lessons outside of the studio, visiting offices to improve at-work wellness and planning scenic retreats to India.
Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.
MyGym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level?starting as young as 6 months and skewing up to 3 years and 3 months?and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions?a class for kids aged 6 to 9?emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. MyGym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
After beginning his career as a professional soccer player, Richard Lopez spent time as a fitness model before settling into life as a personal trainer. Holding a degree in kinesiology, Sandy Lopez put her education to use while winning the title of Miss California, competing for the title of Miss Galaxy, and recommending workouts on Good Morning America. The two now combine forces at Club Fitness Addiction, where they help clients and members sculpt new physiques through a robust selection of classes and services.
Within their 8,000 sq. ft. facility, classes ranging from ballet barre and Pilates to spinning sessions help exercisers immolate calories in a supportive group setting. Members don’t have to wait for class times to hit the gym, instead making use of the ample exercise equipment whenever it suits their schedule. The gym is also equipped with a hair salon, day spa, massage therapist, and free wi-fi, making it a one-stop shop for physical needs such as downloading a new skill into one’s brain.